Matthew 28:19-20: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Evangelizing is something I believe a majority of us struggle with. For my last devotional, I would like to challenge you to invite one person either to Bible Study Fellowship, a different Fall Bible Study you may be doing, or your church TODAY. It’s a simple question, not a lot of pressure. But it could make all the difference in someone’s life!
Psalm 43:1: “Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation; rescue me from deceitful and wicked men.”
Playing off of Monday’s devotional, do the right thing and God will vindicate you and defend you and rescue you from whatever you face. Faith. Belief. Reliance. Prayer. All your weapons against Darkness.
Psalm 113:3: “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.”
On this day when the majority of Americans will have their eyes to the sky, remember that it is God who gives us such amazing sites as a total solar eclipse. Only He could divinely design such incredible celestial events. Praise Him and thank Him for such an awesome sight when you look skywards today.
2 Chronicles 20:15: “‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.'”
Sometimes we fight against things in our lives that are completely out of our control. We forget whose battle it is: God’s. He’s the redeemer, the one who’ll make all things right. The administrator of justice. The final say. So quit taking on battles that is not yours; leave them to God. He’s in charge, not you. Use your strength and energy for much more productive things.
Physically mainly. But taxed in other ways as well.
So Wednesday I said to take care of animals. Today I’m telling you to take care of yourself. God will refresh you and give you renewed energy. Pray. Ask. For Him to come. Fill you. Renew you. Give you strength for the next step in life. Literally and figuratively.
Then do something for yourself: Buy a latte at Starbucks. Get a massage. Take a nap. Read a good book. Work up a sweat. Splurge on a hair cut. Or a new coat. Little things add up to brighten your day. Refill your emptiness with what works for you.
Genesis 1:26: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'”
Caring for animals. Some people devote their entire lives to caring for animals: Veterinarians, animal shelter workers, animal rescues, zoo keepers, etc. Many make a living through farming and caring for chickens, cows, horses, sheep, etc.
Most of us either has a pet or had a pet at some point in our lives. God gives these animals to us to care for and in return they give us their hearts, their souls, and their undying devotion. They are simple creatures; never asking for much. Sometimes annoying like nudging you to feed them NOW! Or kneading your leg in the middle of the night. Yes, they are animals that need their poop picked up, their puke cleaned up, and when they are old, their butts picked up to make it out the door or into the car.
But no one can say these little hindrances take away from what we receive in return. They are always happy to see us. Happy to be petted and cuddled. Quick to comfort. Always nearby. We laugh at their quirks and what they do. We nap with them. We play. We grieve when they are sick and die. But most of all we love them right back and can’t imagine our lives without them.
So hug your pet today. Or someone else’s. Donate to the raptor or cat rescue. Stop to move the baby bird out of the road. Boycott ivory. Support the humane treatment of animals. It is our God-given responsibility. And you’ll be rewarded in unimaginable ways if you do.